“tell your friends to get with my friends”

I hate the “friend recommender” on facebook. I do not like the idea of friends pimping each other out. I have enough friends; I do not need “suggestions.” Also, I feel like suggesting a friend is sort of like taking your cousin to the prom.

If this friend that you have is so great, why don’t they get their shit together and add me as their friend themselves? Why do they need you to do it for me?

Anyway.

The anti-choice world is all in a tizzy today. It seems that Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) failed to add an “unborn child amendment” to the Budget Bill. From PA Conservative Women (see, the interweb is for everyone!):

The Allard amendment which lost by a margin of 52-46 would require that legislation to authorize SCHIP (children’s health care program) include provisions to fund health coverage for unborn babies from the “moment of conception.”

Apparently, the idea is that if health care is guaranteed for your zygote, you’ll be less likely to choose abortion.

Too bad that’s not what it’s about at all.

First of all, “from the moment of conception” is a silly, silly idea. According to John M. Opitz, M.D. (Professor of Pediatrics, Human Genetics, and Obstetrics/Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of Utah) 60 to 80 percent of fertilized eggs never implant. Insuring something with an 80% failure rate is like asking for car insurance on your unlocked BMW which you left the keys in and parked in East L.A. No one is going to give it to you. Sorry.

Besides that, from the moment of fertilization, it’s not the little ball of rapidly dividing cells that needs health care. Viruses and bacteria divide in our bodies all the time, without medical coverage.

It’s the woman (in whose uterus the future embryo is making its home) who is going to be ill and nauseous and have gestational diabetes and need medical care. And what happens of she’s ill in a way that’s not directly related to her pregnancy? “Oh, sorry about your cancer. Come back and see us if something happens to that cute little embryo of yours!”

Once again, the right-to-lifers could give a shit about what happens to the actual people involved in a pregnancy. And now it’s going a step further – you don’t have to actually be pregnant! Just have a sperm hit an egg, and suddenly it qualifies for government health care, even though you don’t.

Keep in mind, these are the same Senators who killed SCHIP in the first place – 24 million already existing children do not have health care because of these people. But they’re going to the mat over a fertilized egg. God bless America.

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